Three teenagers walking on a trail in Hawaii got lost and had to be rescued by helicopter, officials said.
They got lost on the Iliyahi Ridge Trail in Pearl City and called the Honolulu Fire Department for help around 10:38 p.m. on Friday, November 25. They had been hiking for seven hours and were unable to descend the trail on their own in the dark, according to a news release.
Rescuers were mobilized near the trailhead at the end of Komo Mai Drive and were tracking the caller’s cell phone location. Medical teams examined the teenagers and determined that no one was injured before taking them to a nearby boarding area at 11:38 p.m.
Officials urged hikers to follow safety tips when hiking Hawaii’s trails. They recommended bringing a charged cell phone and a fully charged external backup battery.
They also encouraged hikers to learn about the trail before setting out so they are familiar with the “route, starting point and degree of difficulty,” the release said. It’s also important to read trail signs and watch out for off-limits or closed trails.
“Do not rely solely on social media for trail information,” officials said in a release.
If you get lost, stay put so you can be found faster and avoid more trouble, especially after dark, officials said. That’s why it’s important to tell someone who isn’t hiking with you about the location and destination of your hike.
Earlier in the day, Honolulu fire officials rescued another tourist who got lost on the Mount Kaala Trail, the Star Advertiser reported.